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Products > Leptospermum laevigatum 'Reevesii'
 
Leptospermum laevigatum 'Reevesii' - Dwarf Tea Tree
   

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Myrtaceae (Myrtles)
Origin: Australia (Australasia)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: White
Bloomtime: Spring
Height: 4-5 feet
Width: 4-5 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Seaside: Yes
Summer Dry: Yes
Deer Tolerant: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 25-30 F
Leptospermum laevigatum 'Reevesii' (Dwarf Tea Tree) - It has similar cultural requirements as Leptospermum laevigatum. Plant in full sun. Drought tolerant. Protect from hot, dry winds. It will grow in seaside conditions. The significant difference between the two is size: 'Reevesii' grows to 3-5 feet tall by a bit wider than tall. The leaves are rounder, a little bigger, and are a bluish-gray. This plant is a slow-grower with a dense and compact overall appearance. It will take temperatures down to about 25 degrees F. The species is common in coastal areas in the Australian states of New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania and possibly into South Australia where it grows on sand dunes and cliffs; there it is called Coast Tea Tree. This tree has also grown outside of its native range in other parts of Australia, South Africa, New Zealand and Hawaii. The genus name come from the Greek word 'leptos' meaning "thin" and 'sperma' meaning "seed" in reference to the small seeds and the specific epithet means "smooth", likely for the smooth hairless leaves. According to the Encyclopaedia of Australian Plants this compact selection originated in the US and the names 'Reevesii' and 'Compacta' are synonymous. Plantsman John McGregor, retired horticulturist from the Huntington Botanic Garden noted that this plant originated back in the 1930s from a congested "witch's broom" mutation on the typical form of the species and was first propagated and distributed by the late, great nursery of Evans and Reeves in Santa Monica. Backing up this stories timeline is the fact that the plant is listed in the 1947 edition of Hortus II but is absent from Hortus I that was published in 1935.  This description is based on research and observations of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in our nursery garden and in other gardens that we visit. We also incorporate comments received and appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have any additional information about this plant, particularly if they disagree with what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Leptospermum laevigatum 'Reevesii'.